Eastpointe High boys basketball coach Jim Reed talks with his players during a Jan. 11 game against Warren Fitzgerald. The Shamrocks’ next game is against Madison Heights Lamphere at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at home.

Eastpointe High boys basketball coach Jim Reed talks with his players during a Jan. 11 game against Warren Fitzgerald. The Shamrocks’ next game is against Madison Heights Lamphere at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at home.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Eastpointe High junior guard standing out

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 6, 2018

 Eastpointe High junior wing Jesse Judkins drives the baseline during a Jan. 11 game against Warren Fitzgerald. Judkins has scored in double figures in each game this season through press time.

Eastpointe High junior wing Jesse Judkins drives the baseline during a Jan. 11 game against Warren Fitzgerald. Judkins has scored in double figures in each game this season through press time.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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EASTPOINTE — The season hasn’t gone the way anyone associated with the Eastpointe High boys basketball program would have liked, as the team has yet to win a game, but one player has stepped to the forefront to give the team a needed spark.

Junior wing Jesse Judkins is everything a coach could want in a player, according to Shamrocks coach Jim Reed.

“He works hard, he’s a great kid, and he shows up every night,” Reed said. “He can get his own shot; he can get shots for other people. I wish I had more just like him.”

Showing up every night includes scoring in double figures each game. Scoring isn’t all that makes a good basketball player, but Judkins’ offensive output has kept the team in games they would have otherwise been blown out in.

The junior wing can score in a variety of ways: pull-up jumpers, driving the lane, 3-pointers and manufacturing points at the free-throw line.

“I just work on my game as often as I can. I (want to) be the best player I can,” Judkins said. “I know scoring isn’t the only thing that makes a good player. I try to do anything I can to help the team.”

Judkins is even garnering praise from opposing coaches. 

After a Jan. 11 game against Warren Fitzgerald, Spartans coach Joe Kopicki complimented Judkins on his all-around game.

“We could sure use a player like him,” Kopicki said.

Judkins took the compliment to heart, as it came from someone who had an 11-year professional career. 

“To hear something like that — it means a lot,” Judkins said. “All I’m trying to do is help my team win and make other teams know that we’re not (going to) be an easy win.”

The Shamrocks’ next game is against Madison Heights Lamphere at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at home.

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